Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Sep
9
8:15am 8:15am

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

  • First Christian Church - Chillicothe (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the entry level Anti-racism training provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. Attendees will learn to:

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism
  • Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.
  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry
  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities
  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.

This training will fulfill the requirement of all active clergy to participate in a PR/AR training session once every three years.

This event may be cancelled if there are not at least 25 participants registered by September 2.

The fee for the session is $50, which includes lunch and all distributed materials. Please register online here. Or use the mail-in registration form.

Please note:
The training session begins at 9. Check-in opens at 8:15.
This session was originally scheduled to take place at FCC in Cameron but was changed 5/3.

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Our Common Life: Sustainability Through Interfaith Connections
Sep
12
11:00am11:00am

Our Common Life: Sustainability Through Interfaith Connections

This presentation is offered by Missouri State University as part of its Public Affairs Week.

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core www.IFYC.org a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm.

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Boundary Training
Sep
16
9:00am 9:00am

Boundary Training

  • First Christian Church - Sedalia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This training will fulfill the requirement of all active clergy to participate in a boundary training session once every three years.

This event may be cancelled if there are not at least 20 participants registered by September 9.

The fee for this session is $55, which includes lunch and all distributed materials. Please register online here. Or use the mail-in registration form.

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Opening Gates, Opening Hearts: Christian Responses to Offender Re-entry
Sep
16
9:00am 9:00am

Opening Gates, Opening Hearts: Christian Responses to Offender Re-entry

  • Christian Fellowship Church - Columbia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Voices of Reentry” Join us as we explore offender reentry in a different way. This daylong training workshop will present three different journeys to and through reentry as well as two continuing education sessions. These sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about Prison Fellowship Ministries, behavioral and mental health topics, 4-H LIFE, and an introduction to what you or your congregation can do to help with reentry ministries.

Find information here.

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Persons in Ministry Retreat
Sep
18
to Sep 20

Persons in Ministry Retreat

This year's theme is "Pastoral, Prophetic, Perturbed: Ministry in Turbulent Times."

The speaker for this year's retreat is Rev. John Thomas, who has recently retired from Chicago Theological Seminary and is a former General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

Registrations due September 11th. $135. Please make lodging reservations directly with the Inn at Grand Glaize.

Thanks to the Rickman Leadership Development Fund, ministers attending PIM for the first time will have 100% of their registration costs returned to them.  (2nd year returnees - 50% and 3rd year returnees - 25%).  Lodging, extra meals and transportation remain your responsibility.  Rebate forms will be handed out at the retreat.  Authorized ministers who wish to receive a rebate must be current on their required Boundary & AR/PR trainings and have turned in their 2016 Continuing Education Report.

Event brochure
Event registration form (must be completed even if paying online)
Online payment (scroll down to Registrations section of UCC Donation page)

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ATiiM Annual Conference
Oct
4
to Oct 5

ATiiM Annual Conference

  • Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Association of Trained Intentional Interim Ministers Annual Conference will be October 4-5 at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center.  The theme: Bringing Justice: Immigration and Civil Rights will feature two speakers - Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles, Professor of Theology at Eden Seminary and Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, Acting Executive of UCC Justice & Witness Ministries and Senior Pastor of Christ the King UCC in Florissant, MO.  Both have broad experience in bringing people together in response of faith to issues such as immigration and civil rights, as well as sensitivity to those who struggle with the biblical command to bring God's justice.  Both were likewise identified as for their response in faith to the crisis in Ferguson, MO.

Registration and payment can be made by mail and online at www.cciwdisciples.org and at www.ilucc.org.  Please share this information with colleagues who may be interested in this special event.

Event brochure   ***   Event registration form

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Revealing A Future Vision from the Past
Oct
14
9:00am 9:00am

Revealing A Future Vision from the Past

  • First Christian Church - Boonville (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. M. Eugene Boring, one of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s most respected New Testament Biblical Scholars will be presenting three lectures at the Boonville First Christian Church on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  This one-day event explores the theme "Revealing A Future Vision from the Past" and is the inaugural event for the newly established Boonville First Christian Church Izola Jones Annual Lectureship Fund.  Because of this fund, the event is open to the public free of charge.   

Registration for this event will be available in a few weeks.  For more information on Dr. Boring's presentations and information on how to secure your spot prior to release of registration information click here.

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Disciples Seminarians Conference
Oct
19
to Oct 22

Disciples Seminarians Conference

Registration is now open for this year's Seminarians Conference. The gathering will take place in Indianapolis, IN beginning on Thursday October 19, 2017 and ending on Sunday October 22, 2017. This is a great opportunity for Disciples seminarians to learn about various aspects of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), including information about general ministries, opportunities and programs available for ministers, and additional resources. The Seminarians Conference is also a wonderful opportunity to meet, network, and fellowship with other current Disciples seminarians.

 

The cost of registration is only $75.00; however, deferred payment is available. Find all the information here.

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Regional Gathering - Clergy Day
Oct
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Regional Gathering - Clergy Day

This Regional Gathering has been planned to work in conjunction with Festival of Sharing.

The clergy day (Friday) will start with a training session from 1 to 4. Ministers have their choice of two different topics for this session. The first is a Boundary Training (Ministerial Ethics) designed as a second level for those who have had boundary training before. The cost of this session is $30. The other is an Introduction to MissionInsite: Knowing Your Church's Mission Field and Growth Potential. This session is an overview of the demographics program that the Region has made available to all congregations. The cost of this session is $10.

At 4:00 we'll convene for "We are the Mid-America Region...The Good, The Bad, and The Holy." Participants will learn more about what's happening in our Region and meet the two new "settled" Regional Minister Team members.

The day qualifies as five hours of continuing education towards the annual 15 hour requirement.

Find more information, including lodging, on the event flyer.
REGISTER ONLINE

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Regional Gathering - Clergy & Laity Day with Festival of Sharing
Oct
21
8:00am 8:00am

Regional Gathering - Clergy & Laity Day with Festival of Sharing

We begin today at the Festival of Sharing taking part in hands-on mission opportunities, hearing a speaker from Heifer International, and visiting displays.

After lunch at the Festival or elsewhere in Sedalia, we'll meet at 1:30 at First Christian Church (200 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301) for desserts, discussion groups, and closing worship. Cost for this portion of the event is $10, but is free to all clergy who attended one of yesterday's sessions.

Find more information, including lodging, on the event flyer.
REGISTER ONLINE

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Disciples Women Fall Retreat
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Disciples Women Fall Retreat

  • First Christian Church - Bonne Terre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SAVE THE DATE!

The Southeast Gateway women will be hosting this Regional event. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Please note that the beginning and ending times are approximate and will be confirmed as the schedule is completed.

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People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico
Apr
17
to Apr 26

People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico

You are invited to take part in the Mid-America Regional People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico April 17 – 18, 2018. The Pilgrimage is sponsored by CCMA and Global Ministries. Our CCMA Mission Co-worker Partner, Elena Huegel, and the Intituto de Estudios e Investigacion Intercultural will be our hosts. The pilgrimage is open to nine adults (age 18 or older) from across CCMA. Dr. Larry Colvin, Regional Minister Team member will serve as regional group leader.

Learn more about this opportunity
Tentative itinerary
Registration form - registrations due by November 1, 2017 (form will download in Word)

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Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Aug
19
8:15am 8:15am

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

  • Webster Groves Christian Church - St. Louis (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the entry level Anti-racism training provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. Attendees will learn to:

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism
  • Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.
  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry
  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities
  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.

This training will fulfill the requirement of all active clergy to participate in a PR/AR training session once every three years.

The fee for the session is $50, which includes lunch and all distributed materials. Please register online here

Please note that the training session begins at 9. Check-in opens at 8:15.

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Faith Adventures Camp
Jul
24
to Jul 28

Faith Adventures Camp

This camp is for all ages of children and youth. 

CYF - grades 9-12
Chi Rho - grades 6-8
JYF - grades 3-5
Try-It - grades K-2 (with an accompanying adult) July 27-28 only

$180 if registered by June 30, $200 after June 30.
Try-It $90 by June 30, $100 after June 30. Additional child $50.
Register online   ***   Learn more about our other programs.
Visit the Faith Adventures website.

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Christian Regional Youth (CRY) Festival
Jul
17
to Jul 20

Christian Regional Youth (CRY) Festival

This event is for youth finishing grades 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12. 

The theme this year is "Finding God in the Ups and Downs" and the scripture is Romans:8:38-39.

Registration fee is $210 until June 1, $235 after June 1. ***REGISTER ONLINE***

Printable flyer   ***   CRY Facebook page   ***   More info about other summer programs

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Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
Jul
16
to Jul 21

Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

  • William Jewel College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Five-Day Academies for Spiritual Formation (ministry of The Upper Room) are offered all around the world, but rarely, if ever at this low price. And, NEVER before have they been in Kansas City. Finally, it is super rare to find a 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation during the summer when teachers and college/grad school folks could actually attend.

This Summer, its happening at William Jewel College. An ecumenical group who've completed 2 Year Academies have been planning, and St. Paul's School of Theology is co-sponsoring.

Early registration (by May 31) $350     Standard registration (after May 31) $395
Find all the information here.

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NEOLA Try-It Camp
Jul
14
to Jul 16

NEOLA Try-It Camp

  • Covenant Point Camp & Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This camp is for children from 4 years to completing grade 2, and an accompanying parent/grandparent. Campers will receive specific information from the director, including packing list and definite start/end times, after registration. $180 if registered by May 1, $205 after May 1. This price is for one adult and one child. Additional adult $70, additional child $55.

Register online   ***   Learn about our other summer programs

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Homecoming 2017
Jun
25
3:00pm 3:00pm

Homecoming 2017

This event will feature the Fifth Street Christian Church homecoming choir, praise dancers, and mime group.

It will be hosted by Rev. Marcus & First Lady Erin Reynolds. 

The theme is "I'm Coming Home" and the speaker is Rev. James Kimbro.

See event flyer for more information.

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Children Worship & Wonder Story Teller Training
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Children Worship & Wonder Story Teller Training

  • First Christian Church - Edwardsville, IL (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Children Worship & Wonder creates a community of intergenerational fellowship where both the children’s and adult’s minds, bodies, and spirits, are nurtured and cared for as they worship together.

Training will include the theological rationale behind Children Worship & Wonder and develop a basic understanding of the approach. The story telling and other components of the worship service will be demonstrated.

Participants will receive help in developing their own story telling skills and have opportunities to practice telling stories and leading other parts of the children’s service of worship. They will learn ways to involve other adults in children’s worship and receive help in setting-up a children’s worship center for their church.

$120 until June 9, $150 after. Register online.

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Men's Rites of Passage Retreat
Jun
21
to Jun 25

Men's Rites of Passage Retreat

  • Audubon Center of the North Woods (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This program comes highly recommended by our Regional Minister Paul Koch who participated in the event last year.

Mid-America Disciples Men are organizing transportation and conducting fundraisers to ensure that any men who would like to attend are able. 

Due to successful fundraising and donations, transportation to and from Minnesota will be at little or no cost to participants.  We will rent a 14-passenger van and travel from St. Louis to Kansas City along I-70 and up I-35 heading north and will be happy to pick up men along the way.  Please notify Paul Koch at 636.221.7065 or paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net of your interest.  Van reservations will be on a first call basis.

Find more information here and/or contact Paul if you are interested.

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Intergenerational Camp
Jun
15
to Jun 18

Intergenerational Camp

This camp is for all ages! Campers having completed grade 3 or older will stay in cabins with counselors. Younger campers need to be accompanied by a parent/grandparent. Campers will receive specific information from the director, including packing list and definite start/end times, after registration. $190 if registered by May 1, $210 after May 1. If 3 or more in the family are registering - $160 each.

Register online  ***   Learn about our other summer programs

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NBA Celebrates 130 Years of Ministry!
Jun
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

NBA Celebrates 130 Years of Ministry!

NBA will host a late afternoon reception and program in celebration of 130 years of health and social service ministry with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)!

With Dr. Norma Ellington-Twitty, former NBA VP of Program Planning and Evaluation, as the emcee, we will gather with a special group of storytellers who will help us to honor and celebrate this 130th anniversary year. We hope you'll join us!  Learn more & RSVP>

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Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
May
6
8:15am 8:15am

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

This training will fulfill the requirement of all active clergy to participate in a PR/AR training session once every three years.

This event may be cancelled if there are not at least 25 participants registered by April 29.  **4/20/17 note: This session is confirmed and will not be cancelled.

The fee for this session is $50, which includes lunch and all distributed materials. Please register online here. Or use the mail-in registration form.

Please note that the training session begins at 9. Check-in opens at 8:15.

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